7 Best Family Friendly Activities at the Bram Stoker Festival
It’s that time of the year when all little creatures of the night come out from the graves. They wonder around giving a fright to anyone that cross their way. We know how hard it can be find sugar-free activities to entertain those little demons so was with you in mind that we made this top 5 family friendly activities at the Bram Stoker Festival.
The VampWire is a real and slightly scary opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city on Dublin’s first ever free city centre zip-wire. Don’t just dress up and stay on the ground, help fill the skies with goths, zombies and vampires while taking in the view!
Golden tickets for this event will be allocated by ballot, so book early to make sure you’re in with a chance.
Bookings close on the 19 October. For ages 5 and above, and must weigh between 25kg (5 stone) and 120kgs (19 stone).
Relax and enjoy a family gig with a tasty mix of early jazz, country and blues as well as some fun spooky sing-along songs to sink your teeth into. There’s guaranteed to be a laid back good time music atmosphere with 5-piece band Minnie and the Illywhackers performing at our special Bank Holiday Monday Family Concert.
Especially for this family performance there will be fun spooky sing-along songs and not-so-scary sounds. Come in costume if you dare.
The Vampire with No Teeth (and other stories) is a handful of tales inspired by all things spooky. The first of which is the heart-warming story of Eric, a Vampire born without the essential tools every bloodsucker needs, a set of impressive incisors and a mouthful of teeth. Three short mini stories make up a charming 35 minute piece combining interactive storytelling and live illustration.
For 6 – 10 year olds. Prices are €5 per person, €13.50 for family of three and €17 for family ticket of four.
Unwind at the Smithfield Market Fair ‘Gothic Edition’. Have a bite of brunch, and be entertained all afternoon by live bands, performers and underground cinema screenings. Over 35 goth-inspired market-stalls will be waiting to fall-victim to bargain-hunters, selling everything from vintage goth vinyl, contemporary art and jewellery, pre-loved clothes, retro-furniture and all kinds of quirky odds and ends.
Glasgow-based artist Claire Biddles has replaced all the usual songs on the karaoke machine with hairspray sodden, dyed-black classics by The Cure, Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Divison and more. Come along for the chance to live out your teen goth fantasies by performing live on stage, or just watch others sing along.
Dracula has raided The Ark’s music instrument cupboard for all of our weirdest instruments and has put them in his spooky sound lab in his lair in the basement. Have fun trying the instruments and try using the special sound lab looper to create the spookiest sound loops on the planet. Be careful you don’t scare yourself silly!
Free entry on a first come first served basis. No pre-booking. Suitable for ages 4 and above. Rolling sessions, each session is 10mins.
Macnas take to the streets of Dublin as mercurial tailors with a glee for stitching laughter to darkness, summoning monsters and marvels from drains, lanes and street corners. Creatures, characters and contortions dissolve and are remade and revealed. Macnas energise audiences with interactive performances at festivals and celebrations around the globe, bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world.